The Ronde van Vlaanderen this Saturday marks the second of the Fantasy Spring Classics games on offer this year. There's still plenty of time to enter your team/s. All you need to do to take part is register and select eight riders before the real live race starts. The provisional rider list has been uploaded to our servers. If you've played the game before you'll notice we've also added some new features to the game this time around. We've improved the online stats so you can now see in detail which riders scored best in the game last year. You can also look up previous player's winning teams. We've also added new ways to communicate with your fellow players from around the world. Have a look and see now!
Why should you play this year? - You can win a Specialized S-Works Roubaix bicycle in Quick Step - Innergetic colors equipped with Shimano Dura-Ace components and S-Works FACT over-sized carbon crank and bottom bracket worth $6000 USD! That's not all you could win in this year's Fantasy games: to celebrate our fifth year of Fantasy games the Spring Classics will also be featuring some top runners-up prizes.
Maxxis join the prize line-up
We have 10 pairs of Columbiere tyre from Maxxis - named after the penultimate climb on the 2002 Tour de France, the Columbiere is designed for true road racing enthusiasts. It's the tire of choice for the Health Net presented by Maxxis professional cycling team in the USA, and on Cyclingnews.com, tech editor James Huang rated the tire 4.5 out of 5 stars in one his full-blown 'torture tests'. If Doc Jones can get over 4000km out of a lightweight racing tire, imagine what you'll get.
More Runners-up Prizes
The first runner-up prize this year is a Cycleops Powertap 2.4 (wireless) worth $1499 USD. Cycleops upgraded the world's most accurate, lightest power meter to be the world's first wireless meter, meaning you can easily switch it between bikes.
A pair of BBB's "Winner Team" glasses are on offer for the highest scoring Fantasy team in every Classic. You don't have to take part in all seven races to stand a good chance of winning this prize. The highest score per classic wins a pair of the official sports-glasses of the Quick-Step Innergetic professional cycling team 2007.
In reverence to a historic town... in honor of those that race there each spring... and designed and built by masters with over 20 years experience who realize that most of us don't have the luxury of a broom wagon or team car trailing us everyday; HED created the "Bastogne" wheelset. In our latest addition to the prize list, we have three pairs on offer for the lucky runners-up.
We are proud to announce the continued support from Speedplay in this year's game. We have three sets of Speedplay's Zero stainless steel pedals - the same style of pedal used by ProTour teams such as Team CSC.
We are also pleased to confirm that Descente will be joining the list of runners-up prize sponsors. Produced in conjunction with Team CSC, the Descente Optima Bib Short is the culmination of hundreds of hours of research and testing. Constructed of two different textiles, the main body features Aero-X fabric, a dual-denier Nylon with spandex for great moisture-management, durability, comfort, and fit.
Cyclists depend on good nutrition to meet the demands of the sport. That's why Nutra Fig developed the organic Cheetah Bar. It contains the right combination of carbs, protein and fiber to give you long lasting energy, it is moist and tastes great. Cheetah bars are loaded with potassium, sodium and calciumâ€"all found naturally in the ingredients so no chemical additives are needed. Cheetah Bar is the official energy bar of the Colavita/Sutter Home Pro Cycling Team. We have 10 boxes of Cheetah Bars on offer this year.
The proCOOL Mesh from Scandinavia's leading high-performance clothing company, Craft, is the professional's choice when it comes to base layers. The proCOOL Mesh is a warm weather base layer that combines the latest in fabric technology with Craft's signature fit. Even as temperatures soar, proCOOL keeps you dry and comfortable. For the 2007 Spring Classics Fantasy Game, we have 10 of these great base layers on offer.
In the next few days we will be releasing more details of the prizes on offer this season with 46 prizes available for 18 lucky winners, and some major improvements in the game engine coming soon, now is the time to sign up to the Fantasy Cyclingnews Games.
How to play
Yes, you too can be a professional team manager. Based on the live racing action, you will take up the challenge using your knowledge and tactical skill as a race team manager to compete with fantasy managers from around the world. Remember all you need to do to take part is to register and select 8 riders for each of the following races:
Ronde van Vlaanderen, April 8th 2007
Gent-Wevelgem, April 11th 2007
Paris - Roubaix, April 15th 2007
Amstel Gold Race, April 21th 2007
La FlÃ¨che Wallonne, April 25th 2007
LiÃ¨ge - Bastogne - LiÃ¨ge, April 29th 2007
It's a great way to follow the Spring Classics.
The Fantasy Cyclingnews Team